Many of today’s smartphone users utilize their phones as their main cameras. If you are to replace your traditional camera with a phone, adding some smartphone photography accessories to your repertoire is recommended. These mobile photography accessories can improve your experience, as well as image quality. While it helps, you may not even need one of the best smartphone cameras to shoot great images. Even a cheap device can produce amazing photos with some help.
Without further ado, here are the best smartphone photography accessories we recommend investing in.
The best smartphone photography accessories:
Editor’s note: We will update this list of the best smartphone photography accessories regularly as new products launch.
1. Small tripod
A tripod is one of the first smartphone photography accessories you buy when getting into this art. It is a simple tool that doesn’t need to cost much but will offer plenty of benefits while shooting. The Manfrotto Pixi Evo (shown above) is one of our favorites.
A tripod can be used for long exposure photography, which is when the shutter speed is slowed down. This technique can be used to create light trails, smooth out fluids, and better expose images without increasing the ISO (which affects photo quality). Using a tripod can also reduce motion blur or shaky videos. Not to mention it really helps to have the camera static when learning composition, giving you more time and freedom to properly frame a scene.
I am a fan of large, sturdy tripods because I also use them for my heavy DSLR cameras. For smartphone purposes, it is best to go with a smaller tabletop or octopus tripod. Tabletop tripods are the smallest of the bunch, and as their name suggests, are best suited for use on a flat surface. Octopus tripods get their nickname from their flexible legs. They can be folded and adjusted in multiple ways and used to wrap around objects. The one shown above is called the JOBY Gorillapod 1K and should work like a charm.
2. Microfiber cleaning cloth
These are cheap and useful smartphone photography accessories. Smartphones get dirty and oily, including the camera glass. This results in blurry or smudgy photos, so make sure to keep the lens glass clean with a microfiber cleaning cloth — using your shirt isn’t a good idea.
3. Remote shutter control
Save for a few exceptions, a smartphone’s rear camera is significantly better than the one in the front. Taking a selfie with the rear shooter is no easy feat, though. The timer forces you to rush. You can get yourself a remote shutter control to avoid the hassles and get the best selfie your phone can produce. These work via Bluetooth and allow the user to trigger the shutter from a distance.
Remote shutter controls also happen to be very cheap. A good one is the Ashutb camera shutter control, which you can get via the button below.
4. Smartphone lenses
Clip-on lenses come in handy when your smartphone’s built-in glass is too limited. These smartphone photography accessories can offer higher focal lengths, zoom capabilities, macro focusing distance, fisheye effects, and wide-angle perspectives.
Smartphones are becoming more versatile thanks to the implementation of multiple cameras and lenses. While these help, they don’t come close to what you can do with these larger, external lenses. Not to mention, these lenses can usually be attached to a wide variety of devices, giving you more freedom of choice when it comes to smartphones.
There is a plethora of lenses for smartphones out there, but our favorites come from Moment. Check these out by hitting the button below.
5. Phone LED panel
Photography is all about light, and having some extra help in dark environments will allow you to get better results. LED panels have gotten smaller and more affordable. The one shown above is the Neewer LED Video Conference Light Kit and features a 2,000mAh rechargeable battery, a dimming mechanism, and a clip that can attach it to a phone.
6. Portable battery pack
Your phone will quickly run out of battery if you are shooting photos and videos throughout the day. You don’t want a dead phone when a photo opportunity presents itself. For that reason, getting a portable power bank is a good idea. Here is a list of our favorites.
7. Smartphone microphone
Audio is one area where smartphones usually lack quality, and it is crucial for recording video. Improve your clips by using an external microphone. A good one is the Rode Smartlav Plus (pictured above). It can be attached to your phone’s 3.5mm headset jack or dongle.
There are different types of microphones available, including small shotgun mics like the Rode Videomic Me and even wireless ones like the Comica CVM-WS60. You will have to do more research to figure out what you need.
8. Camera rig
Camera rigs are for serious content creators. These contraptions make it possible to mount your smartphone, lights, microphones, battery packs, and whatever smartphone photography accessories you can think of.
A popular one is the Shoulderpod G2 Professional Video Grip, which comes equipped with two tripod threads and six cold shoe mounts for other accessories. It can be attached to a tripod in both landscape and portrait orientation.
9. Smartphone gimbal
Image stabilization has come a long way, but using an advanced gimbal can further improve your videos. These smartphone photography accessories use motors to keep a smartphone stable over three axes. It will reduce shake and create smooth movements.
Again, there are plenty of options available, but we really like the Zhiyun Smooth 4. It offers a great balance between price and functionality. Users will love the level of control available from the built-in buttons and knobs. Not to mention it’s one of the most popular stabilizer brands in the industry. Another great option is the DJI OM 4.
10. Mobile photo printer
There’s nothing like seeing your digital photographs turn to life by printing them out. If you really want to go all out with mobile photography you’ll need a portable photo printer. The Fujifilm Instax SP-3 is one of our favorites. It can print 2.4 x 2.4in photos and comes with a rechargeable battery.
Buying a camera is only the first step in this money pit that photography is.
These smartphone photography accessories are sure to take your images to another level. Remember, buying a camera is only the first step in this money pit that photography is. Lucky for you, you probably already have a smartphone, and most of these accessories are affordable.